Dr. Gary Cates is Co-Principal Investigator for the Illinois SPDG external evaluation contract and Associate Professor of Psychology at Illinois State University. He currently teaches and conducts clinical supervision of graduate students related to assessment and intervention of academic and social behavior problems. He also coordinates the Academic Intervention and Consultation Service at the Psychological Services Center at ISU. Dr. Cates has authored and coauthored numerous research studies and national presentations, including a new co-authored book titled “Effective training and practices in RTI: Helping schools and district teams improve academic performance and social behavior.”
His primary research interests include the prevention and remediation of academic skills deficits, investigating the differential effectiveness and efficiency of academic interventions and learning strategies, and applied behavior analysis in educational settings. He serves as a reviewer on the Journal of Behavioral Education and is Associate Editor for the Journal of Evidence Based Practices in Schools. Dr. Cates is certified as a school psychologist in Illinois and also holds national certification in school psychology. His current consultation work primarily focuses on the implementation and evaluation of RtI models with strong emphasis on data based decision making.